Ecstasy is in the air with Monk Gyatso on Season 2 Episode 4 of DownBeat Denver. Bringing you what we consider to be “The Denver Sound”, with high energy soul, funk, and jazz influences. Monk Gyatso is made up of a group of talented young musicians who formed after becoming friends in the Denver University music community. We love the excitement that surrounds this group, and had a hilariously fun time making this episode! Put your dancin’ shoes on and get ready to groove with Monk Gyatso live on DownBeat Denver. Enjoy!
Join us for Episode 3 of DownBeat Denver, as Roma Ransom takes us on a musical journey. Inspired by the likes of Django Reinhardt, Roma Ransom is bringing a totally fresh and unique take on traditional “Jazz Manouche” or “Gyspy Jazz”. Grace and Gordon share a wonderful history and musical chemistry together. They speak a common language as they communicate through their eyes, body, and instruments. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Roma Ransom live on DownBeat Denver!
A word from the band… Roma Ransom began as a musical group after Grace and Gordon began busking on the streets of Springfield, Missouri and shortly after we began dating. Our first gig was at Gem of India where we defined our sound. After a brief stint of gigs we took our act on the road. We relocated to Colorado Springs in 2011 for more musical opportunities and have traveled throughout the US on tour in the past few years. We love music from every culture and we attempt to emulate the sounds of different genres. We play every genre you can imagine, including Country, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Klezmer, Balkan, Classical, Avant Garde, Contemporary, Jazz, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Nepalese/Tibetan, Middle Eastern, Gypsy, Funk, Soul. Our music is best described as eclectic bohemian world psych folk.
Episode 2 of DownBeat Denver features one of Denver’s coolest jam bands, Marafiki. Childhood friends who call the Rocky Mountain Front Range home, Marafiki is delivering a fusion of psych rock, jazz, and funk. Only 1 year together, and they are already turning heads with their new album Third Breeze, which landed itself on Spotify’s “State Of Jazz” playlist. Dig in, and enjoy the Mile High vibes from Marafiki. Thank you DownBeat community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. If you like what we’re doing, please Subscribe. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M
A word from the band…. Marafiki is a progressive fusion of rock, jazz, and funk to lift your spirit and catch your curiosity. An amalgamation of influences throughout the decades directed the sonic path for this experimental voyage. Trust the twists and turns to bring you into a head-nodding, hypnotic state of euphoria. Marafiki are long time friends from Golden, Colorado, they are brothers before they formed the band. Their debut performance was in the courtyard of their high school, crashing the graduation party unannounced. Marafiki has been playing in Denver only for the last year, and began releasing songs in the beginning of 2019. There album Third Breeze, was released on September 25th, 2019. Marafiki translates to ‘my friends’ in Swahili, and you can hear friendship in the music. Guitarists Nathan Perkins and Maverick Corley deliver tasty 70’s reminiscent riffs, while bassist Wes Hughes offers intriguing counter melodies that lock in with Shane Oltmanns high energy drumming. Largely an instrumental group, Marafiki lets the music speak for itself, offering that the listener create their own perspective of the music.
Links and Mentions – Instagram: @marafikiofficial Facebook: @marafikiband
Season 2 Premier! We’re back and couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the new season (with 15 episodes!) then with a true blend of Denver’s evolving musical voice. Brass and Gold Society represent all that we’ve come to love about our city’s melting pot. Thank you DownBeat community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. If you like what we’re doing, please Subscribe. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M
Founded in 2018, The Brass and Gold Society combines live soul and jazz with hip hop. Each member is an A-lister in the Denver music scene, bringing their own ecclectic musical influences to this diverse supergroup. Fronted by award-winning MC michael illse7en acuña, B&G fuses Denver’s finest brass instrumentalists and jazz leaders. Members: Illse7en – MC Randy Runyan – Trumpet Michael Windham – Saxophone Ryan Sargent – Trombone Tenia Nelson – Keys Aaron Summerfield – Guitar Ben Fausch – Tuba Alex Tripp – Drums
Links and Mentions: Brass and Gold Society Instagram: @bandgsoc Facebook: @bandgsoc Shout Out! Bailey Elora Instagram: @baileyelora
Season Finale! Episode 10 Thank you DownBeat Denver community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. You rock! As we reach the end of our first Season, we’re overwhelmed with thankfulness for those in our lives that have supported our endeavor. Thank you so, we love you! During our downtime please continue to stay in contact as we have more planned. If you’re an artist or have a (reasonable) guest recommendation, let us know. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M
About our guest: CLAIRE HEYWOOD is a singer-songwriter who has gained recognition in Denver for her smoky, emotive voice and “thoughtfully measured lyrics and melodies.” (Westword)
A longtime creative writer, Heywood quietly explored the crafts of vocal performance and songwriting alone in her bedroom for two years before beginning to play solo sets in small listening rooms, mostly in connection with Colorado’s literary / arts scene.
In late 2017, Heywood met producer and studio owner Joshua Olsen at Syntax Physic Opera’s open mic. They collaborated to record her first release with a full band, who gathered to record over the course of six months at Third & James Studios.
The band includes local writer Rebecca Hannigan on backup vocals, AMZY drummer Wes Barton, bassist Trevor Vader, Duncan Britt on keys, and guitarist Mike Sandoval.
Heywood released The Wind, It Howls independently with a full-band set at Syntax Physic Opera in March 2019. 303 Magazine called the record “a deeply personal — yet unequivocally relatable — account of love and loss, redemption and healing.”
“Her mature vocals and thoughtfully crafted lyrics make it hard to believe that Heywood has only been seriously pursuing songwriting for the past few years. With such a strong introduction to the music scene, it’s clear that Heywood’s is a voice that refuses to go unnoticed.”
Listen to The Wind, It Howls or catch Claire Heywood & her band at Hi Dive July 13 and at Denver’s Underground Music Showcase July 26-28.
Band: Wes Barton (Drums): @the.wb on Instagram Trevor Vader (Bass) @ratchet_dad on Instagram Duncan Britt (Keys) @duncan_britt_music on Instagram Mike Sandoval (Guitar) @olscrapiron on Instagram Rebecca Hannigan (Backup vocals, percussion) @rwehappyigan
Episode 9! Thank you DownBeat Denver community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. You rock!
About our Guest: Laying roots in Denver, CO, Bouse cultivates sound and poetry infused with story-telling, love and beauty of the commonplace. His debut album, Early Girls, is in the canon of folk singer-songwriter tradition, stripped down to simple guitar and vocals. Hear the record on all streaming platforms and find Bouse live on his events schedule on Facebook @bousesound. He will be playing the Orpheus Music and Arts Festival in Glenwood Springs this summer August 9-11.
Episode 8! Thank you DownBeat Denver community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. You rock!
We have a goal, and with your help we can reach 100 subscribers. If you’re an artist or have a (reasonable) guest recommendation, let us know. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M
About our guest: hellocentral is the product of a culmination of influences, experiences, and a common passion for music. Compared to the likes of Brand New, Turnover, and Blink 182, hellocentral set out to create music that people can not only dance to, but connect with, blending dreamy indie rock elements with hard-hitting yet catchy pop punk choruses and melodies.
In The Band: Cody – Lead Vocals, Guitar. || Justin – Backing Vocals, Guitar. || Frank – Backing Vocals, Bass. || Rob – Drums.
Links and Mentions: hellocentral Instagram: @hellocentral